The School of Writing is proud to present a panel of notable writers reading fiction and nonfiction on Friday, April 19th. The panel, as part of the Food & Immigrant Life Conference, places issues of immigration and food in the context of a broader social justice agenda and explores the central role food plays in expressing cultural heritage. Luis Jaramillo will moderate panelists Von Diaz, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Monique Truong, and Tiphanie Yanique. For more information, visit our website.
Von Diaz is a multimedia journalist and oral historian based in New York City. Her reporting and research focuses on immigration, Latino culture, Cuba, and LGBT issues. She currently works as the Marketing & Communications Manager at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. She was born in Puerto Rico and holds a dual M.A. in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University, and a B.A. in Women's Studies from Agnes Scott College. Her work has been published by PRI’s The World, Latino USA, WNYC, and New American Media. She is a journalist for Feet in 2 Worlds, a program of the Center for NYC Affairs at The New School.
Marie Myung-Ok Lee is a fiction and nonfiction writer. Her work has appeared in Guernica, Witness, FiveChap
Monique Truong is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York who was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1968. Her first novel was The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)—a national bestseller and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, a PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles National Literary Award, an Association for Asian American Studies Poetry/Prose Award, and a Seventh Annual Asian American Literary Award. In 2003, The Book of Salt was also honored as a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, a Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction Book, and one of the Miami Herald‘s Top 10 Books. Her second novel, Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), is the inaugural selection of the Ladies’ Home Journal Book Club and received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a 25 Best Fiction Books of 2010 by Barnes & Noble, a 10 Best Fiction Books of 2010 by Hudson Booksellers, and the adult fiction Honor Book by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. Truong is also a contributing co-editor of Watermark: An Anthology of Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose (Asian American Writers' Workshop, 1998).
Tiphanie Yanique is an Assistant Professor in the MFA School of Writing at The New School for Public Engagement and is author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf Press, 2010). Yanique’s writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet's Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 2010 5 Under 35, a list announcing the next generation of fiction writers.
Luis Jaramillo is the Associate Chair of the Writing Program at the New School, where he oversees the undergraduate curriculum and the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy and teaches courses in fiction and nonfiction, and is co-editor of the journal The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food. His first book, The Doctor's Wife, won the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest, was an Oprah Book of the Week, and was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2012.